Please note, though an app affiliate, I was not compensated by Motivated Moms for this review. All opinions are mine alone.
With running two at-home businesses, working on my first novel, running a blog, time spend volunteering pro-bono legal services, aiding my husband to coach his school’s robotics team, being an active member of several community civic and political organizations, hosting local book club meetings, and attending mass regularly, to keeping up with everything involved in the running of a home, a lot falls on my plate to finish each and every day.
While I’m not a super woman by any sense of the imagination, you may wonder how I manage to keep so many plates spinning at the same time? I’m able to accomplish all these tasks by keeping all of my priorities straight, delegating tasks out when needed, relying on family members to pull their fair share when it comes to chores at home, and by utilizing several planners to help keep me on track for success.
This past year I discovered a new planning cornucopia of goodness when I was given the opportunity to review the Motivated Moms iOS app, an app which has helped me stay on top of my daily household routine.
This full year’s app comes standard with a pre-programmed year of chores, broken down daily with a master list of chores and new prescribed and seasonally detailed chores as well. Everything is covered from laundry maintenance to being reminded to clean out my purse from time-to-time. This app is reminiscent of nothing as virtually every home-based maintenance is meticulously listed.
Using the app is as easy as completing a chore, and then once a task is completed, I just touch the check box on my devices screen, where it’s moved to the bottom of my chore list, and listed as a completed task.
Even as a minimalist, I can become overwhelmed by the demands of my home. Having lived my life the guide of perfectionism, as is typical of only children, I tend to go overboard when it comes to chores and feel a personal sense of failure if I don’t get every task completed on my daily to-do list. With the Motivated Moms iOS app, I receive immediate validation after completing each task on-screen and get the instantaneous gratification that comes with knowing in progressing through my daily chores. This app gives you momentum to get it all done!
I also love that typical homemaking chores, such as the tidying of countertop surfaces and the sweeping of common areas, aren’t the only chores listed. Also included are chores such as exercising, the taking of vitamins, and Bible reading are also included. The Motivated Moms iOS app (also available for Android) keeps me focused on my house cleaning schedule, helping me to take back time in my schedule for more important things like self-care and spending time each day with my family.
What makes the Motivated Moms iOS app so unique? This app is customizable! Not only can I assign and color code for individual person’s and their chores, I can also add or remove tasks based on the seasonal necessity of our family and home’s day-to-day needs. I can even select how often a custom task should be performed. I recently added blowing fall leaves from our walkways to my husband’s every-other-day chore list. A chore that while needed at present will not be a pressing task in the weeks to come.
I am also able to tailor some of the most perfunctory tasks on the app as well. Since we don’t have the 2nd floor in our home, I hid this task from the chore list and created a new task, cleaning out our home’s essential oil diffusers weekly instead. While pre-programmed tasks can’t be edited, just hiding the original chore and creating a custom task accomplishes the same goal in less time.
Not only can you customize chores for your home, you can also:
- Add rooms, such as a library, sunroom, den, office, pantry, or study.
- Freely hide and unhide tasks as your needs change.
- Add or remove people from chores.
- E-mail yourself a printable of the day’s lists (available for iOS), and if you have an AirPrint printer, you can print directly from the app.
- Sync the app between your iOS devices. As everyone in our home is an Apple user this makes finding out your daily chores effortless.
While I admit to having been always more of a paper-to-pen kind of planner, but I have been blown away by the ease of using the Motivated Moms system, both by their app and their printable planner. But if you don’t want the app and prefer a printed chore planner? Motivated Moms has you covered for that, too. You can get the same planner, with or without assigned daily Bible study reading, in black and white or in color, for only $8.00, when you use promo code SAVE1 at checkout. You will also receive the remainder of 2016 with each purchase for free as well!
An initial subscription to the Motivated Moms iOS app is $1.99 and includes two months of tasks and server access. You can buy additional months via in-app purchase for 99¢ per month or a year for $7.99, and again denoted above for only $8.00 when you use promo code SAVE1 at checkout for the printable paper version.
In all, this app has proven beneficial to helping me finish my chores and get more done, in terms of my home-based businesses, I plan to keep my subscription current and will be using this system again in 2017.
Motivated Moms has been gracious enough to give two LadyPrefers2Save readers their very own 1-year subscription to this amazing app. To enter, just leave me a comment and let me know why you are excited to try this app in the new year.
So savvy savers, let me know how you plan to get everything you need to get done at home in the coming year. I’d love to hear all about it below!